The Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) board on Tuesday adopted the 2016 amendments to building by-laws. The new provisions will supersede the 2008 (amended 2011) bylaws.
However, the new by-laws will not override certain Ghaziabad-specific sections of 2014 by-laws, which were aimed at benefitting small developers.
The state government had approved the set of by-laws in June and had asked all development authorities across the state to adopt them. Following the direction, the authority officials prepared a proposal for adoption of new building by-laws.
The new amendment says that one housing unit will be allowed on plots measuring 50 square metre (sq m), two units would be allowed on plots measuring more than 50 sq m and up to 150 sq m, and four units would be allowed on plot area of more than 150 sq m and up to 300 sq m.
For a plot area of over 300 sq m and up to 2000 sq m, the by-laws provide for one unit for every 100 sq m, subject to a maximum of 20 units.
Earlier in September, 2014, the Ghaziabad specific by-laws gave clearance for construction over plots ranging from 112 sq m to less than 2,000 sq m, up to a height of 15 metres along with a stilt floor. The changes allowed construction of four stories, apart from the stilt floor.
The 2014 by-laws were made specific for certain areas in several colonies such as Rajendra Nagar, Indraprastha Scheme, Govindpuram, Swarn Jayanti Puram, Shalimar Garden and Indirapuram.
“After discussions with principal secretary (housing), the sections related to unit construction and setback area of 2014 by-laws will not be overridden with 2016 by-laws. There was a lot of confusion among small developers and now the issue is resolved,” said Vijay Kumar Yadav, vice-chairman, GDA.
The developers were facing issues as only a low number of units were allowed to be constructed under the 2016 by-laws as against the 2014 by-laws.
“After various representations, the issue now stands resolved. Otherwise, we had no option but to move the court. The top officials listened to our issues and allowed prevalence of 2014 by-laws,” said Rajeev Sharma, president of Ghaziabad builders’ association.
According to officials, both 2016 and 2014 by-laws (in specific areas detailed earlier) will prevail as cleared by the state administration.
Apart from the change in area and units, the new by-laws have also redefined roads with ‘roads, pathways and cycle-tracks’.
The new amendment has also defined the specification for tracks, the construction of which is already underway along 78km in the city.
Further, the amended by-laws have introduced purchasable floor area ratio (FAR) to developers on economical rates. The mixed land use areas, which are proposed under the transit oriented development near the metro train systems, will have a purchasable FAR factor of 0.45 while hotels will have a factor of 0.40. The two components have been added for the first time.
“The purchasable FAR factor for commercial land use is also reduced from 0.80 to 0.50 and also reduced from 0.60 to 0.45 for office/institutional land use. The lower factor would mean more economy to procure purchasable FAR. Such arrangement is made for commercial construction,” an official said.
The new changes also proposed certain environment friendly measures, including construction of reservoirs in parks and open spaces in layout projects measuring 10 acres or more. Earlier, this was only for projects measuring 20 acres and more, with added conditions.
The edges of roads will have soil or pathways. This will help increase groundwater recharge. Earlier, there was a provision of ‘brick on edge’ and stone pavement.
The group housing buildings will have stilt parking. The earlier maximum limit of 2.1 metre height for stilt floor has been done away with.